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How to make appropriate learning   materials for various m-devices    Terese Bird    Learning Technologist and SCORE Resea...
What will we talk about?• Pedagogical concerns: mobile strengths, comparing  the formats• Downloadable• Text• Sound• Video...
What are you hoping to learn today?                 Photo by shaunwong on Flickr
Oh the pedagogy of it all!• Mobile strengths:  – In class:      • BYOD group or pairs work – look up,discuss,respond      ...
What format for content?• It’s usually faster to read than to listen or watch• A picture paints a thousand words• Photos c...
What format for content?Medium       Positives                  NegativesText         •Speed                     •Flat    ...
Tbird Top Tips – Overall view• When I designed for Apple  devices, things worked nicely  on Android as well• Dropbox is fr...
Text – ebooks!• iBooks Author – simple easy, produces .ibook format• Free with latest Mac OS• Print to PDF – it’s beautifu...
Take advantage of iBooks Author
Take advantage of iBooks Author    • Free with latest Mac OS    • Saves as pdf and text
Now make an epub• Copy and paste the text into Pages.• Add photos.• Add video if you’re sure the devices can handle it   –...
Calibre• Take a Word doc• Save as html• Import into Calibre• Save as epub or mobi• Pdf to epub doesn’t really work• Also t...
Picture books!• Just use simple pdf!!!• Brilliant results!• I tried everything else• Maps, drawings
Handy guide to ebooksFile format   What device         positives          negativespdf           Everything          Runs ...
Share your stories!Shall we try it?
Sound• Why sound?  – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures  – File size is smaller  – Listeners can do something else at...
How?• Audacity• Garageband• WindowSound Recorder• But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead)• And apps!!!...
Audioboo• Like YouTube for sound• Record in browser• Attract comments in browser• Or simply upload• RSS out, iTunes out  ...
Soundcloud• A bit more socially aware• The app lets you record so good for students to  record their own stuff and post up...
Sound threaded discussions• WimbaVoiceboard• Voice Thread• Voxopop
Examples of use• Audio feedback – increased marks & retention  http://www.le.ac.uk/duckling• Voice discussions• Audioboo –...
Sound on iTunes U• Easy to get going• Oxford example
Share your stories!Shall we try it?
Video• How many of you have made a YouTube video?
YouTube facts• 10 minute limit• Great to embed into LMS• Comments are a mixed blessing• Good statistics• Use branding• Not...
Vimeo• Longer video than  YouTube• Much less junk• Pretty much just as  easy to do• Downloadable
ScreenR
Recorded lectures• Record the face or just the slides?• Streaming or download?• Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one?• Huge...
Editing movies – keep it simple• iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4• Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp...
Share your stories!Shall we try it?
Easy interactive• Clever Powerpoint, save as pdf• Prezi
Get some helpsheets!• http://tinyurl.com/mobi-learn-mat
Thank you!!!
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I presented this as part of a workshop for MobiLearnAsia 2012, on 26 October 2012, in Sentosa Singapore.

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  1. 1. How to make appropriate learning materials for various m-devices Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Beyond Distance Research Alliance MobiLearnAsia Conference Singapore 26 Oct 2012www.le.ac.uk
  2. 2. What will we talk about?• Pedagogical concerns: mobile strengths, comparing the formats• Downloadable• Text• Sound• Video• Interactive
  3. 3. What are you hoping to learn today? Photo by shaunwong on Flickr
  4. 4. Oh the pedagogy of it all!• Mobile strengths: – In class: • BYOD group or pairs work – look up,discuss,respond • One-to-one – everything but some create work • Lab work – electronic lab notebook • More immediate than ICT suite – Out of class: • Field work - capture • Homework – flipped lecture • Research – capture & process
  5. 5. What format for content?• It’s usually faster to read than to listen or watch• A picture paints a thousand words• Photos can mislead• More is communicated by voice than just the words• Video: some things must be shown• Interactivity encourages exploration
  6. 6. What format for content?Medium Positives NegativesText •Speed •Flat •Pre-existing material •Does not communicate emotionImage •Much communicated in •Can be misleading a single simple package without contextSound •More communicated by •Not seen as flashy as voice than just words video? •Convenient for multitasking •Smaller file than videoVideo •Most info •Bulky and padded communicated •Demands attention •Great for demonstrating skills
  7. 7. Tbird Top Tips – Overall view• When I designed for Apple devices, things worked nicely on Android as well• Dropbox is from heaven• iTunes can be fiddly• For downloadable items, consider a Creative Commons license
  8. 8. Text – ebooks!• iBooks Author – simple easy, produces .ibook format• Free with latest Mac OS• Print to PDF – it’s beautiful• If you don’t wish to stop there…• Can take it into Adobe Acrobat Distiller and save as Word
  9. 9. Take advantage of iBooks Author
  10. 10. Take advantage of iBooks Author • Free with latest Mac OS • Saves as pdf and text
  11. 11. Now make an epub• Copy and paste the text into Pages.• Add photos.• Add video if you’re sure the devices can handle it – iOS: iBooks – Android: Kobo, Ibis Reader• Let it flow!• Tips: Only inline. No floating objects.
  12. 12. Calibre• Take a Word doc• Save as html• Import into Calibre• Save as epub or mobi• Pdf to epub doesn’t really work• Also try epubbud.com
  13. 13. Picture books!• Just use simple pdf!!!• Brilliant results!• I tried everything else• Maps, drawings
  14. 14. Handy guide to ebooksFile format What device positives negativespdf Everything Runs on Does not flow, everything does not take advantage of the device’s powerepub Everything but Flows, takes Kindle advantage of the devices’s power Open source, somewhat futureproofmobi Kindle Kindle is big Kindle only.ibooks Apple iBooks only Beautiful & easy Apple iBooks only iPad is market leader
  15. 15. Share your stories!Shall we try it?
  16. 16. Sound• Why sound? – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures – File size is smaller – Listeners can do something else at the same time – No bad hair days – staff like it! – Voice communicates more than the printed word – Excellent, easy way to close distance
  17. 17. How?• Audacity• Garageband• WindowSound Recorder• But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead)• And apps!!!...
  18. 18. Audioboo• Like YouTube for sound• Record in browser• Attract comments in browser• Or simply upload• RSS out, iTunes out  it’s like magic• Can send these to Apple if you like• 5-minute sound limit
  19. 19. Soundcloud• A bit more socially aware• The app lets you record so good for students to record their own stuff and post up• Very intuitive• Longer sound limit
  20. 20. Sound threaded discussions• WimbaVoiceboard• Voice Thread• Voxopop
  21. 21. Examples of use• Audio feedback – increased marks & retention http://www.le.ac.uk/duckling• Voice discussions• Audioboo – Field use – listen to teacher’s description of a flower, student audio-records her own comments and findings• Student can record, using Audioboo for iPhone (don’t use iPad app yet)
  22. 22. Sound on iTunes U• Easy to get going• Oxford example
  23. 23. Share your stories!Shall we try it?
  24. 24. Video• How many of you have made a YouTube video?
  25. 25. YouTube facts• 10 minute limit• Great to embed into LMS• Comments are a mixed blessing• Good statistics• Use branding• Not too easy to download the video• Good way to convert files to mp4
  26. 26. Vimeo• Longer video than YouTube• Much less junk• Pretty much just as easy to do• Downloadable
  27. 27. ScreenR
  28. 28. Recorded lectures• Record the face or just the slides?• Streaming or download?• Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one?• Huge server space required, very expensive• Screen capture software: QuickTime, Camtasia, iShowU
  29. 29. Editing movies – keep it simple• iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4• Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp4• Only go to Final Cut Express if you have to! – Bleeped out sounds – Fuzzed out faces – A cut-out logo floating over the image
  30. 30. Share your stories!Shall we try it?
  31. 31. Easy interactive• Clever Powerpoint, save as pdf• Prezi
  32. 32. Get some helpsheets!• http://tinyurl.com/mobi-learn-mat
  33. 33. Thank you!!!

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